Equalish Rights

Equalish Rights

I am careful to discourage sexism in my children.

I pride myself on my feminism.

I encourage my children to reach out and stretch and to realize that, other than tinkling their name in snow, giving birth, or being a Navy seal, there are not a lot of choices in life limited by their sex.

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My 16 year old son agrees.

In fact, supporter of women’s rights that he is, he reminded me, when I reminded him to cut the grass today, that his sister is the same age he was when he started doing that.

Good point.

Men and women being equal and all, he reasoned, perhaps it was oppressing his sister, as a woman, to deny her the right of learning all of the joys of lawn mowing and yard maintenance.

Shouldn’t she also experience the exercise of repeatedly pulling the starter cord?  Wouldn’t it be wrong to deny her the opportunity for personal growth and linguistic development that having the stubborn beast of a machine refusing to start provides?  Isn’t she entitled to reap the benefits of having grass clippings stuck to her face and in her ears?

He has learned lessons in perseverance and quality control as he’s swept the sidewalk and driveway after mowing.  Should she be denied these opportunities?  Isn’t it wrong to prevent her from building her detail tracking skills by mixing the fuel and adjusting the sprinkler heads?

All good points.

He’s teaching her all of the joys connected with mowing the lawn today.

Today, he is a big supporter of women’s rights.

She is not so much.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Gina Valley Equal Rights Boys Girls Babysitting Lawn Mower MowingI wonder if he’ll continue to be such a strong supporter of equal rights when he takes a turn at his sister’s job of babysitting the 2 & 4 year olds while The Professor and I go out to dinner tonight.

Something tells me his civic-mindedness might pale then, just as his sister’s brightens.

Funny how some equal rights seem more equal than others.

Especially when you are 16.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

How do you encourage the people in your life not to limit their possibilities based on their sex?   Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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gina valley

I think so too, Patrick. I have always made it a point to be as non-sexist as possible with my brood, but when I’m not, they certainly have no trouble calling that to my attention! 🙂

Donna

I had always wanted to cut the grass – but for some “strange” reason my father felt that the “health” of our lawnmower was in serious danger if I were to come in physical contact with the key and steering wheel (we had a riding mower for almost 3 acres) . . . so I was not allowed near it – not even in the shed where it stood waiting for the next go. However, it wasn’t a female / male thing with my family because my little sister – she got the full lesson on how to cut the grass from her big brother. Three girls and boy – other than this incident my parents were pretty good about making sure everyone got their chance.